Cover Reveal ~ Forbidden Colours

I am very pleased to announce my second novel  ‘Forbidden Colours’ is due for release on December 8th. A very exciting time in the Fitton household I can tell you! Forbidden Colours is available to pre-order via Amazon Kindle right here. In the meantime here’s something to whet your appetite……

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What if your memories were not your memories? What if the drug hailed as a cure is to be your curse and ultimately your destruction?

Midori Yates works for pharmaceutical giant KLD. The launch of new drug Centoria has revolutionised the treatment of amnesia with outstanding results. Future trials exploring its use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s are on the horizon. But is it really as good as the data suggests?  Neurologist Dr Nick Campbell has seen amazing results with his patients and is ready to believe in Centorias transformational ability. That is until his patients start displaying strange and worrying symptoms.

Determined to uncover the truth, Midori Yates and Nick Campbell find a conspiracy that threatens to engulf both of them with devastating consequences. They need to not only survive but live. This contemporary thriller will have you turning the pages long into the night.

National Authors Day ~ November 1st 2016

Today is National Authors Day.This day began way back in 1928 when teacher and president of the Bement Illinois woman’s club, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson wrote a fan letter to an author in appreciation of his story. The idea evolved from there and, in 1949 it became an annual observance day which was recognised by the US Department of Commerce. Writing can be a lonely pursuit. Why not write and tell your favourite authors how much you enjoy their books? Or spread the word about how enjoyable you find their writing? Happy National Authors Day people! A few of my favourites are Maya Angelou, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charles Dickens. Who are some of your favourite authors?

Picking the Perfect Book Title…. A Stress Most Horrid….

I am at the stage where my second book is ready for editing (thank goodness for that I hear my long suffering family cry). I am clipping and chopping with gay abandon! But… and this is a very big hole in the motorway kind of but… until today I was not convinced I had the right title!! I thought I did, but the more I read, the more it made me wonder is it right??

Many sleepless nights tossing and turning, I battled  with myself. The conversations always seemed to go a bit like this….

Me 1: ” It’s a good title, go with it”

Me 2: ” Yea but I’ve just read something that makes me think maybe I need to re think, does it say what I think it says?”

Me 1: ” Derrr yes it does, go back to sleep you fool”

I always came back to – does my chosen title have the  ability to convey the contents of the book? The more I read, the more tied in knots I got. With my debut novel it was never an issue. I always knew  All Tomorrow’s Parties was exactly the right title. No doubts could creep in, there were no cracks, period.

Book two has been a different animal all together and, I know exactly why. Reading advice on ‘what makes a perfect book title’ is not bad per say, but, reading too much conflicting advice is. This is sadly where I lost 2 weeks of my much needed beauty sleep. I would read an article that would say ‘do it this way’. Then the next day I would read another saying ‘do it that way’. I was blissful in my ignorance with All Tomorrow’s Parties. Choosing the perfect title was not even on my radar. My confidence at finishing my debut novel, held my rose tinteds firmly in place.

I have come a long way over the last year. Some of the advice I’ve received has been stellar.I have stored it away, much like a squirrel, digging it up when needed. Some of the advice however, should be buried and forgotten. All it does is confuse me! The conclusion I reached today was to make up my own mind! Of course, think seriously. View it from as many angles as you can and give it the attention it deserves. I believe most writers do this anyway. The title is a part of you, just like the contents.

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So it is with much excite e mont and merriliciousness that I can announce I have made a final decizione! Fanfare please and a drum roll too… why not? There will be no more gnashing of teeth or tearing of hair. I am to stick with my original title and let it sing its beautiful song. My advice to you?  Ignore advice that confuses you and keeps you awake doubting yourself. It is your creation, the title is a beautiful part of your creative baby. Some will find your baby beautiful, others will think its ugly, no matter. All that matters is that you love it with all your heart.

So I hear you cry – what is this title that has caused you so much angst?

Ah, well…. that would be telling wouldn’t it?

With a twinkle in my eye I am finally ready for a good nights sleep!

 

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

Who would you invite to dinner?

An easy enough question right? Until you factor in it can be anyone, living or dead, real or fictitious. Where would you even start?

It took a lot of staring out of windows and going off on tangents. I went off on so many tangents that I even looked up the phrase ‘going off on tangents’. Here’s what it said ‘ In geometry a tangent is a straight line that touches a circle or sphere at exactly one point and then runs infinitely away from that point in both directions’. Yep that’s what I did! I became a tangent runner. It was a great exercise for my imagination and I would heartily recommend asking yourself the same question. You can find out who I eventually invited  over at author Diane Burton’s blog  I discuss who I would love to dine with and why.

I’d be interested to know who you would choose and why?

Perfectly Flawed?

Showing character flaws helps to make a book believable. Too many flaws and you risk making your character unbelievable, too few, and readers won’t be able to connect or identify with them. I’m sure we can all think of someone we have known who comes across as just ‘too perfect’ – did you like them? I know I most certainly did not. There is no such thing as perfect. Characters have to be believable, warts and all! As in life, if your character is not believable (ie. too perfect), then you are already on the back foot with not too many places to go. Enter stage right…. flaws. Flaws within your characters give readers an opportunity to connect, to understand who your character really is. They allow readers to develop a picture of who he/she is. It is those unique flaws and traits that will breathe life into the bones of your story. Finding the balance is the challenge. In this post I want to share what has worked for me when exploring flaws within my characters. These are not ‘you must’ but just my ‘ might be helpful for you’ thoughts and ramblings: Continue reading “Perfectly Flawed?”

Never Give Up…. Dealing with Rejection

Never ever give up…..

Picture the scene….You have written what you believe is your masterpiece, you have honed it and polished it to within an inch of its life. You have drafted and edited and edited again. It is as good as it’s ever going to be. Now you release your baby out into the world to stand perilously on its own. If you have gone down the traditional publishing route, the following may sound all too familiar;

It begins, the slow trickle or torrent (depending on how many you have sent out) of ‘thanks but no thanks’ letters. You will be in good company, there are lots of famously good authors whose books have received the same response. The question is – can you handle it? Are you prepared for dealing with rejection because the law of averages dictates this will probably be the case. Self doubt starts to creep in… should you give up? Are you a terrible writer? I’ll say it three times …. No no no. Never give up – ever. I read somewhere that the only difference between an amateur writer and a professional is that one of them never gave up!  I think there is a lot of truth in that. The fact that you even got around to sending out the letters in the first place shows that you have grit and determination, keep going. I have been pondering whether or not to go down the traditional route and still haven’t fully made up my mind. The publishing world is finally evolving and hybrid authors are finding a voice too.You can of course self publish, which I and many many other authors have done but this also comes with its own challenges –  you have to market, promote and be available to do all of the leg work a traditional publisher would do, however,this is a topic for another day. So let’s hypothesis – you have sent out the letters and now you feel as if you will crash and burn because the responses you received were, let’s say not what you were expecting. So, how do you deal with it? We have already established that giving up is not an option, so what do you do? For me I’ve narrowed it down to five simple bits of advice to reflect on:

  1.  Do not torture yourself. You write because it is your passion, because every bone in your body is screaming for you to write. Nothing has changed, I’ll say it again… Nothing has changed. Keep writing.
  2. Regard every piece of criticism as a gift. Whether or not you agree with it is something you will need to reflect on however, if someone has given you specific direction on characters or plot or anything for that matter (as long as it’s not personal or deliberately mean spirited) then they have done it to try to be helpful. They want you to do well. Take time to reflect on their comments and act accordingly, btw – that doesn’t mean throwing your toys out of the pram!
  3.  Make sure you fit the submission criteria. I know  it’s simple but so often overlooked.Check the website, if it clearly states ‘ no romantic fiction’ and that is what your book is then don’t send it! Follow the guidelines to the letter!! Do your homework, check out current authors with that publisher. This is not a one way street, you need to decide firstly if they are right for YOU.
  4. Do not take it personally. Yes it’s your baby, yes it’s the love of your life but just think. Do you enjoy every book you read?No, so why should a publisher? Your book may be incredibly well written and powerful but, as with all art, it is a creative entity which is completely subjective. Work on the things that are within your control, make your book the best it can possibly be.Not everyone will ‘get it’ and that’s OK. Just because it is not one persons cup of tea doesn’t mean it isn’t right for someone else. Whatever happens, happens. Pick yourself up and try again.
  5. Do not dwell, move on. A thick skin comes with the job. If you do not have one you will need to build one. As sure as night follows day rejection will come in one form or another. Nobody likes getting rejected, it hurts. It’s OK to acknowledge it hurts but do not dwell on it. I like to – acknowledge – reflect – change ( if necessary) – move on. You may not need to change or tweek your work and that’s fine too, but you do need to move on.

Remember – have courage, stand tall and keep writing

To help keep you motivated, below is a snap shot….. I shall leave you to ponder:

  • Rudyard Kipling was told he did not know how to use the English language.
  • George Orwells Animal Farm was rejected because TS Elliot thought it needed ‘more pigs.’
  • Stephen Kings ‘Carrie’ was rejected over 20 times.
  • Louisa May Allcott was told she should stick to teaching.
  • 31 publishers in a row turned down James Patterson
  • Beatrix Potter was rejected so many times that she decided to self published Peter Rabbit. Sales currently stand at over 45 million.
  • 16 agents and 12 publishers turned down A Time to Kill by John Grisham.

 

Rejected so many times she self published.
Rejected so many times she self published.
Louisa May Alcott told to 'Stick to teaching.'
Louisa May Alcott told to ‘Stick to teaching.’
Rejected over 30 times...
Rejected over 30 times…
TS Elliot rejected - 'not enough pigs'
TS Elliot rejected – ‘not enough pigs’
Rejected by agents and publishers.
Rejected by agents and publishers.